Question everything – the psychological thriller that coined ‘gaslight’ is coming to Brisbane
This February, Queensland Theatre reignites the gripping original story that launched the concept of ‘gaslight’ into the world. In this updated adaptation, Gaslight brings betrayal, power and deception to Brisbane’s stage with a thrilling-theatrical experience that’s not to be missed.
‘Gaslight’ might feel like an internet buzzword – even earning Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year in 2022 – but it first originated in 1938 with Patrick Hamilton’s infamous play of the same name. Now, 85 years later, Queensland Theatre has adapted the original work for a new theatre experience set to captivate contemporary audiences.
The play follows the life of young couple Jack and Bella Manningham in 1901 London. Bella’s seemingly perfect upper-middle-class life begins to go amiss– all for no apparent reason. She starts to hear unknown noises from upstairs, find items have randomly gone missing and even the gas lights that illuminate her home seem to have been dimmed. What follows is a harrowing peek into the domestic life of a volatile relationship dynamic that’ll have you questioning your own reality.
The play features a star-studded class, with Aussie drama heavyweights like Netflix’s Boy Swallows Universe’s Toby Schmitz and Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries’ Geraldine Hakewill taking on lead roles. Written by Johnna Wright and Patty Jamieson and directed by Lee Lewis, Gaslight is a disorientating and daring play that provocatively reconsiders Patrick Hamilton’s original work.
Experience this highly anticipated update to the much-loved and mind-bending psychological thriller at QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre from February 20 to March 3. Secure your tickets now.